The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the one-year jail sentence a Quincy man got after his conviction for animal cruelty in an incident involving his girlfriend's annoying little dog. Read more.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), says he understands the need to keep dogs from running loose in the tiny Beecher Street Park. But O'Malley says the dog owners of JP need a place where their pets can legally roam free and socialize.
In a letter today to Leo Roy, commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, O'Malley says the Southwest Corridor Park through Jamaica Plain has more than enough land to spare some for a dog park. Read more.
Jamaica Plain News reports the city Parks Department says dogs running loose in the Beecher Street Park is just not a good idea.
Buster, a small, albino parakeet flew the coop yesterday on Rockland Street in West Roxbury. His wings aren't clipped, so he can fly away if startled - but he also likes to perch on people's heads, so if a small white bird lands on your head, let Mike know. There's a $100 reward for his return.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty conviction for a man who shot a dog that kept showing up on his property in an attempt to "sting" her and make her stay away. Read more.
The light and trolley poles along South Huntington Avenue in front of Angell Memorial Hospital are now lined with pages of a plea for a reconnection from a man who wants to see the woman whose dog bit him, now that she seems to be taking a different path with the dog. Read more.
A concerned citizen complains the grass at Doherty Playground in Charlestown is getting a bit too tall.
A relieved South Boston citizen is loving the moth balls scattered around outside on G Street by the high school:
Kudos to whomever put the moth balls around the area of 95 G Street. I actually enjoy the scent of the moth balls. It is not toxic, unlike the dog excrement that these moth balls are preventing. Please keep up the good work!
Colleen and Richard Labbe of Milton own the dog that was attacked by a coyote the other morning. She reports it was hardly a case of a dog being unleashed and going after the coyote as reported by police; in fact, the coyote attacked the dog in their backyard:
Our dog, Cally, was not on a leash because she was in our own, fenced-in back yard. In the early morning, my husband took her out to go to the bathroom. My husband was in the backyard as well. The coyote attacked our dog in the backyard and ran out of the gate and down the street, with her in its mouth.
Some residents, at any rate. Caught in Southie presents the new asphalt islands in the sidewalk in front of the post office. To a casual outsider, they might look ideal for plantings and trees, but some residents objected because plantings and trees bring dogs. And dogs bring, well, you know.
Nicole Levay noticed this sign outside Old West Church on Cambridge Street today.
The MSPCA reports a Siamese cat named Kitty had successful surgery to remove 14 hair elastics from his stomach and intestines.
The society reports Kitty's owner, who was already trying to find another home for the rubber-mad feline, rushed him to Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain after discovering numerous hair ties were missing - and the cat showing signs of distress: Read more.
Loyal Supply Co. reports rescuing this bird from a "cold, dark loading dock" at the South Boston convention center this morning. They got him a cage and some food, but wonder where he came from.
H/t Drew Starr.
The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.